Key interests and
Russell’s current priorities are to retain and improve local
public services for the people of Montgomeryshire. Russell also feels
passionate about encouraging younger people to get involved in public life and
is keen to support and encourage new business start-ups and small business
Russell has been heavily involved in promoting the Newtown
bypass and in campaigning for improved broadband in rural areas of Wales. He
has also strongly opposed the development of on-shore wind turbines across mid
His personal interests include keeping healthy. He is the
President of the Montgomeryshire Area Scout Council and the Deputy President of
the Montgomeryshire MND Association. He is also a member of Montgomeryshire
Wildlife Trust, and is a member of Hope Church in Newtown; as such he has been
involved in many projects that support the community.
Russell was born in Welshpool in 1974 and was brought up and
attended school in Montgomeryshire. He has a degree in Information and Media
Studies from the University of Central England.
Before being elected to the Assembly, Russell was a town councillor,
school governor, was on the Board of Coleg Powys, and was a member of the
Theatr Hafren Management Committee.
Russell George is the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for
Montgomeryshire and has represented the constituency since 2011. Russell is the
Shadow Minister for the Economy and Transport, and his role as spokesperson for
the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group also includes responsibility for Culture,
Tourism and Sport.
Russell was elected to Powys County Council in 2008 and was
a member of the Council’s executive management board between 2008 and 2011. On
his election to the National Assembly for Wales in 2011, he was appointed
Shadow Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development before becoming
Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs between 2014 and 2016. In May
2016, Russell was returned to the Assembly with an increased majority.
Between 2013 and 2016, Russell set up and chaired the
Cross-Party Group on Digital Communications which campaigned for improvements
in the availability of superfast broadband and mobile coverage in Wales and,
during the Fourth Assembly, he was an active member of the Assembly’s
Environment and Sustainability Committee, and the Petitions Committee.